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Collective Media Sport tees off production on golf’s latest event

Matt Wilkinson, creative director at Collective Media Sport, talks to TVBEurope about how the company produced coverage of an all-star golf event

Collective Media Sport partnered with video production company toldright to produce the TV coverage of new Ryder Cup-style golf event, Icons Series.

The tournament, which featured icons from the world of sport including Pep Guardiola and Harry Kane playing in two teams – USA vs Rest of the World – took place at the Liberty National Golf Club last week.

The entire production team of around 120 crew members were based on site in New Jersey, covering approximately 100 acres.

With action taking place up to half a mile away from the OB truck, the team employed a combination of RF cameras using fibre and hard wired cameras that went back to the truck.

“The show was filmed using a combination of hand held ENG cameras, jibs and hand held cameras that were hooked up to the truck,” Matt Wilkinson, creative director at Collective Media Sport tells TVBEurope.

“When you add in mini-cams and drones there were 25-30 cameras used in total.”

The coverage was hosted by three presenters, who walked the course with specific matches, while two commentators (Shane Bacon and Mark Nicholas) were based in a booth on top of one of the trucks, commentating over live pictures.

While plans are in place to use augmented reality for future events, in New Jersey the production team used super slo-mo to help the presenters analyse the players’ swings.

“We used a combination of bespoke graphics created in house by Collective Media Group to really push the Icons Series brand,” adds Wilkinson, “and a set of ‘in golf’ graphics that were a tweaked version of the gfx that NBC Sport uses for The Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.”

While the next Icons Series event hasn’t been announced, the tour is due to visit Australia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.